Hello and welcome to my moth Blog. I now reside in a small village in East Cambridgeshire called Fordham. My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
Moth records are vital for building a picture of our ecosystem around us, as they really are the bottom of the food chain. They are an excellent early indicator of how healthy a habitat is. I openly encourage people to share their findings via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world. The reason I do it....you just never know what you might find when you open up that trap! I hope to show what different species inhabit Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden and also enjoy doing field trips to various localities over several different counties.
Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.
Thanks for looking and happy Mothing!


NFY = New Species For The Year
NFG = New Species For The Garden
NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Saturday 16 March 2019

Latest from the garden trap

Nice and fresh moths still emerging it seems, a rather large Small Quaker, as big as some Common Quaker's and in bleary eyes my thoughts were of Blossom Underwing...not to repeat last year's record yet sadly. And a smart Clouded Drab, still waiting for Lead-coloured here this year.

New for year Diurnea fagella on Thursday night (14th March), was nice to get.. Moth species no.30 for the garden in 2019.

There were 24 Common Quaker's here last night, roughly half of my highest ever count two weeks ago during that mild and calm spell, but still a really high count for my garden in one night. The variation continues to astound me.

The unsettled but mild weather is set to stay for a while, towards the end of next week we could be in for slightly warmer and more settled conditions.

Here are my recent lists from last week.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 30.

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap


Macro Moths

Engrailed 1 [NFY]
Chestnut 1 
Common Quaker 11
Hebrew Character 3
March Moth 3
Small Quaker 7

Micro Moths

None Recorded!

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap


Macro Moths

Chestnut 3
Clouded Drab 2
Common Quaker 19
Hebrew Character 6
Small Quaker 4

Micro Moths

Diurnea fagella 1 [NFY]

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap


Macro Moths

Chestnut 1
Clouded Drab 4
Common Quaker 24
Early Grey 3
Hebrew Character 8
Oak Beauty 4
Small Quaker 6
Twin-spotted Quaker 1

Micro Moths

Emmelina monodactyla 1

Clouded Drab

Common Quaker

Diurnea fagella

Small Quaker

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